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English Language Resources

We frequently create unique English language resources from our dictionary content. These resources are designed to help make the information on macmillandictionary.com more accessible to English language learners. Using all of our expertise in the area of language learning, we create educational material that is both unique and entertaining.

Keep your eyes on this page. New resources will be added regularly!

Red Words & Stars words

Red Words & Stars pack

The Red Words and Stars are one of Macmillan Dictionary's most popular features. This new pack explains what they are and how they can be used, and comes with activities for classroom use and self-study. An accompanied wordlist on the topics of technology, family and friends, study, hobbies and travel are included in the back of the booklet.

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Real Vocabulary and Grammar Poster Icon

Classroom poster

Get your hands on the new Macmillan Dictionary classroom poster that includes a grammar and vocabulary quiz. You can download an A4 version to print out or contact your local sales representative if you’d like to receive a hard copy (subject to availability). The answers to the quiz can also be downloaded below.

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Watch Michael's webinar on Top Tips for Building Vocabulary

Did you know that you can do a lot more with dictionaries than searching for definitions? In this 30 minute webinar, Michael Rundell summarises the many useful resources within Macmillan Dictionary that aide language learning – and offers useful tips along the way.

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Do the Trending Words of 2015 Quiz!

Are you up to scratch with the latest lingo? You don’t have to have a nanodegree to know your unicorn from your bae. If you’ve kept an eye on the latest language trends, this quiz will be a doddle.


Are you looking for a new way to learn or teach vocabulary? Our new monthly series of infographics can be used to consolidate vocabulary in a more visual way. View the latest infographic here!

BuzzWords quiz

To get you into the festive spirit last December, we brought you an end-of-the-year BuzzWords quiz. Reading the visual clues, can you guess what the BuzzWords are? Beware: some of the clues may be misleading. Do the 2014 BuzzWords of the Year quiz now!

Real Grammar

Everyone has an opinion about grammar. Some people get upset about what they regard as bad grammar, and believe we must all 'follow the rules'. But where do these rules come from? And are they all valid? Visit our 'real grammar' page for the latest English grammar resources including a quiz and a series of videos.


A series of resources – lesson plans, blog posts – around the topic of pragmatics and how to express yourself appropriately in certain contexts. Check out this page for a full archive of these resources.

Stories behind Words collection

In our popular 'Stories behind Words' series, over on Macmillan Dictionary Blog, regular and new contributors shared their stories throughout last year about words and phrases which had an impact on their lives. We've made a collection of these in this online flipbook. You can download the pdf version of it here.

Macmillan Dictionary Online – the smart choice

Macmillan Dictionary Online is the smart choice for teachers and students, and makes learning, using and understanding English a lot easier! Browse through this guide to find out more:

Videos and worksheets

Baba Brinkman and Professor Elemental represent their English in a rap battle between Canadian and British English. Make the most of the video by pausing and analysing! You can find the video, script and great worksheets here.

Poet and rapper Dizraeli kicked off our 'Global English' campaign in 2010 with a fantastic video about the English language in the 21st century. English language teacher, teacher trainer and blogger Jamie Keddie wrote useful worksheets for you to use in the classroom with Dizraeli's video. You can view the video and download the lyrics and worksheets on this page.


Would you like to learn more about the way the dictionary works? Or improve your dictionary skills? Or just learn more English? These e-lessons will help you do just that!

BuzzWord worksheets

We don't have to introduce to you the weekly BuzzWord – it's one of the most popular features of macmillandictionary.com. Onestopenglish and Macmillan Dictionary have teamed up to bring you great resources to help you build your vocabulary. You'll find a series of BuzzWord worksheets on this page.

Language games

Would you like to test your knowledge of irregular verb forms? This is the game for you: Irregular Verb Wheel Game!

If you'd like to test your awareness of word frequency, then play our Red Words Game!

To work on your phrasal verbs, play these games: phrasal verbs – synonyms & antonyms and phrasal verbs – particles!

Language puzzles

Our downloadable language puzzles are fun brain teasers that help you practice and discover (new) English words. Each puzzle is based on a theme so it's easy to find one that you like or one that suits your class.

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